La Liga preview 2021-22: Espanyol vs Real Madrid – Key stats, H2H, recent form, line-ups, prediction

Karim Benzema of France against Portugal
Karim Benzema of France against Portugal

Real Madrid will look to return to winning ways after their Champions League setback against Sheriff, as they are set to play Espanyol on Sunday.

Venue: Cornella-El Prat

Key Statistics

  • Espanyol have recorded the most defeats ( 104) against Real Madrid in La Liga history.
  • Real Madrid have won 9 of their last 11 away games against Espanyol
  • Real are currently topping the league table with 17 points while Espanyol are 14th with 6 points

Head to Head record

  • Real have beaten Espanyol 13 times in all of their previous 14 meetings against Espanyol. Furthermore, Espanyol hold the worst track record against Los Blancos, against whom they have suffered more defeats in league history.

Recent form

Espanyol: D L L D W L

Real Madrid : W W W W D L


Espanyol have gotten off to a poor start to the new season, as they have registered only one win in 7 league games so far – 3 draws and 3 defeats.

They also ended up on the losing side in their previous La Liga game against Sevilla last week.

The Barcelona-based club have a daunting task ahead against Real Madrid, who are rampant in La Liga this season.

Possible line-up ( Espanyol)

Diego Lopez; Gil, Cabrera, Gomez, Pedrosa; David Lopez, Darder, Morlanes; Vidal, De Tomas, Embarba

Real Madrid

Real Madrid suffered a shocking defeat against Moldovan club Sherrif Tiraspol in the Champions League earlier this week, which will go down as one of the greatest upsets in the competition’s history.

Now, they will look to return to the winning ways when they face Espanyol in Sunday’s La Liga game.

Madrid’s form in the Spanish top-flight has been extraordinary, collecting 5 wins and 2 draws in 7 games they have played so far. However, they were held to a stalemate in their last league game against Villarreal.

Possible line-up (Real Madrid)

Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Nacho; Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Vinicius, Karim Benzema, Rodrygo

Prediction: Espanyol 1 – 1 Real Madrid